Contamination of North America’s Groundwater from Fracking (Hydraulic Fracturing) Revealed in a New Case History Catalogue

B.C. Tap Water Alliance Press Release, June 16, 2013 (English and French)

Contamination of North America’s Groundwater from Fracking (Hydraulic Fracturing)
Revealed in a New Case History Catalogue

(Stop Fracking British Columbia –

Vancouver, BC – Alberta-based environmental consultant Jessica Ernst just released the first
comprehensive catalogue and summary compendium of facts related to the contamination of North
America’s ground water sources resulting from the oil and gas industry’s controversial practice of
hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

Based on research collected over many years, the 93-page report, Brief Review of Threats to
Groundwater from the Oil and Gas Industry’s Methane Migration and Hydraulic Fracturing
, looks
to be a game-changer document, providing little ‘wriggle room’ for private industry and
government spokespeople advocating fracking’s immunity from public concern, criticism and

Ever since the pioneering days of Coalbed Methane fracking experiments in southeast and
southwest United States in the late 1970s, and through subsequent and evolving grandiose technical
stages of widespread experimenting with fracking in the United States and Canada, the deep-pocketed
inter-corporate industry has consistently fought and influenced both government and
citizenry by burying the truth about its cumulative impacts to the environment and human health
through confidentiality agreements, threats, half-truths, and deceptions. This catalogue, devoted
primarily to the theme of groundwater impacts, helps to shine the light upon a behemoth circus of
utter pitch black darkness.

“Jessica Ernst has made a strong case,” notes Will Koop, B.C. Tap Water Alliance Coordinator.
“Her collection provides excellent and technically friendly working tools, enabling the public to
draw their own conclusions from the critical information. This is not just an invaluable document
for North Americans, but for the world.”

For Website Links to Ernst’s Document Catalogue:

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